Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 656
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Here4Beer:
4.06/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On a vacation involving some national doozies such as HopLeaf, MapRoom, & Publican this place stood out to me as a less reputable newcomer that was surprisingly impressive. What was supposed to be a quick round or two before an afternoon Sox game turned into four, as they offered some damn fine drafts.
Nondescript building nearby Depaul, not quite a college bar though as it looked like it had a fresh coat of paint and probably 100 bottles on a shelf in decorative fashion.
The craft beer conference was in town a week or two before, and DLDay was occuring the weekend I was in town, so maybe they had out a stellar tap lineup b/c of that? Regardless they had plenty of interesting sours, Imp IPA's, and other goodies I can't get in Las Vegas. Loved the Hopslam & Oak Aged Unearthly from Southern Tier.
Service was knowledgeable and attentive, but I was one of a dozen or so in there so maybe not so applicable.
All in all, check it out! As a beerbar barkeep this place reminded me of somewhere I'd like to work. The condescending beer snob attitude which can be found by the barkeeps/mgmt at the big national beer bars like Toronado is NOT found in this place. It's just a cool, low key hang with great suds. I'll be back (no Austrian accent intended)
04-29-2010 01:50:30 | More by Here4Beer
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3.66/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Miller Lite sign-lights and proximity to an Undergrad campus makes one think that this place is another terrible college sports bar. But the facade and location are just a wonderful and snarky joke. This is a legit craft beer mecca. The servers are pretentious, unhelpful, slow, and rude. But the beer on tap (and the tots) are worth it. Tastebud delight.
03-09-2014 03:27:46 | More by beinerso
4.7/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Came here during a Lincoln Park bar crawl and wanted to dodge the DePaulsters for an hour. First it was packed took a few minutes to get some services but I understand nothing can be done about it. The beer is great had Morning Wood and Central Waters BA Stout. FFF dorks pack the place only drinking ZD, AK, and any other FFF beer versus trying something new. Wings are good not great but good.
Looking forward to coming back again for an event. Great place I enjoy the "Option."
02-20-2014 19:29:26 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After making a few wrong turns and ending up in the center of the business district of Chicago somehow.. we pulled up to Local Option, plugged the meter for a couple of hours a block away and moseyed on in.
It was about 7:30 and we were able to grab a seat at the bar without much trouble, the bar tender fielded some questions on what styles of beer a few where since the chalkboard just had names and not much else. They had an excellent selection of there own beers (10ish) other Chicago goodies (pipeworks, revolution) and a bunch of "what?! they have that?!" (Surley Darkness, Hill Farmstead, Jolly Pumpkin, etc etc. I went with the Local Option gose.. name is eluding me, very tasty and a good starter.
Service was quick since we were at the bar, but the dude was grumpy the whole time.. I don't blame him they looked short staffed for a Saturday night and by the second beer it was nuts to butts. I grabbed a Surly Darkness and ordered a Po Boy. Mean while, Electric Wizard plays on the stereo, how much better can it get.
The last beer of the night was a Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja and it went down like water. The bill was kind of surprising, but not totally unexpected. Overall, I'd defiantly go back and recommend it to others.
02-16-2014 20:11:57 | More by guityler83
Local Option in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.